Indian Kohinoor Hira: A high-level Meeting On The Issue To Bring Back The Modi Mission :- A high-level meeting was held in Jawahar Bhawan, New Delhi on the issue of bringing back the world famous Kohinoor diamond from Britain. The meeting was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.
This meeting was called after Prime Minister Modi instructed his government to ensure the return of the medieval artefact. Now, the Kohinoor Hira set in a crown which is on display in the Tower of London.
In April 2016, the government had told the Supreme Court that the diamond was neither forcibly taken nor stolen by the British at the time of British rule, but given as a gift to the East India Company by the rulers of Punjab.
The Center government said that citing a 44-year-old law, diamond cannot be reclaimed as it was given as a gift by the successors of Maharaja Ranjith Singh in 1849. kohinoor was not stolen or forcibly taken away from India.
However, the government reiterated its resolve to make all possible efforts to bring back the Kohinoor diamond from the UK in an amicable manner.
Kohinoor means the Mountain of Light. Kohinoor is a large, colourless diamond. Kohinoor Diamond was found in Golconda mines in South India in early 14th century. The 108-carat gem is the subject of a historic ownership dispute. Kohinoor diamond is claimed by at least four countries including India.